A day in the life
Fighting with Flashes to get the best shot on the Via Veneto Rome, 1948-1968
Ride down the Via Veneto with a 1960s paparazzo
The term ‘paparazzo’ (plural: paparazzi) was introduced to the world as the name of the persistent news photographer in Federico Fellini’s 1960 film, La Dolce Vita. While the character was depicted as a lovable rogue, his name derived from a term for a large mosquito, which is how
Fellini thought the scandal sheet snappers looked as they buzzed around celebrities on Rome’s Via Veneto.
While news photographers were nothing new in the late 1950s, it was at this time that the Italian capital became a mecca for American movie stars in the wake of Hollywood’s poststudio slump. This opportunity proved irresistible to the newspapers, and soon the Eternal City was swarming with home-grown and international photographers, aggressively competing to get the best shot of the stars.